January was THE time to enjoy books! I had a wonderful time with many new book friends including some titles I’ve waited anxiously to be released. Here they are with my opinions:
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Preschool and up! Brand new Caldecott winning book- really cute wordless picture book that expresses how a character deals with loss.
Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann
Touching dedication of a pet with beautiful illustrations.
A Boy Called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson
2nd grade and up! I loved the first book this author/illustrator team created about Abe Lincoln, they’ve successfully created another interesting, informative book- this time about Charles Dickens.
Grandpa Green by Lane Smith
Preschool and up! This is quite the touching, beautiful celebration of memories and appreciation of family.
Levi Strauss gets a Bright Idea by Tony Johnston
Humorous yet informative introduction to Levi Strauss’s creative way of answering the question: what could people wear that is tough enough to not be worn out.
The Princess and the Pig by Jonathan Emmett
Preschool and up! I loved reading this twisted fairy tale with fun repeating phrases and an unpredictable ending.
The Humming Room by Ellen Potter
3rd Grade and up! For fans of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, you will love the inspiration that led this storyline. Ellen Potter put in beautiful word choice and creative character
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
3rd grade and up! I love reading this series with my son, fascinating and creative work with characters from Oz.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Hannigan
4th Grade to Adult. This was my favorite book I’ve read in quite a long time. It was touching to read a book from the viewpoint of a gorilla living in a mall.
Penny Dreadful by Laurel Snyder
4th Grade and up. I loved the celebration of kids having fun together just hanging out reading, chatting, and playing. Friendships and issues with a girl who never had true friends before were beautifully and also realistically addressed.
Waiting for Magic by Patricia MacLachlan
Pets that help you heal and have conversations with you as well! Beautiful story with hope and family.
Winterling by Sarah Prineas
4th grade and up. Wonderful fantasy filled with adventure. I felt connections to connections to C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
High School and Adult only: The Fault in our Stars by John Green: I loved every minute that I read this beautiful book. It is heartbreaking and witty combined. The perfect YA title.
Bake Sale by Sara Varon
Really enjoyed this graphic novel, a character persisting saving money in creative ways was quite cute and inspiring.
Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian by Michael Rex
3rd Grade and up. I can picture a huge amount of students all enjoying this new graphic novel series. Funny story with a nod to Dav Pilkey’s books.
Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet
Kindergarten to Adult: Learn about the incredible creator of the balloons used each year for the Macy’s Day Parade!
The House Baba Built by Ed Young
Absolutely fascinating book exploring the life of Ed Young.
When The Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Kindergarten to adult. I really enjoyed reading this brilliant, well-balanced informative book which I feel all students should have the opportunity to read.
Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny by Jan Thomas
Preschool and up! Prepare yourself for total cute, rhyming humor with this wonderful new addition to Jan Thomas’s books!
Mr. Putter and Tabby Ring the Bell by Cynthia Rylant
This series is always wonderful to enjoy.
See Me Run by Paul Meisel
Cute new winner of the Theodore Seuss Geisel Award. Great simple text.
Tales for Very Picky Eaters by Josh Schneider
Easy, fun chapter book with parent/child humor on picky eating.